Total loan: $2,725

Fénix Group

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Tres Valles, Veracruz, Ver., Mexico / Health

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A loan helped to purchase aloe, energy drinks, shakes, tea, and coffee.

Fénix Group's story

Various sugar cane processing factories known as ingenios [sugar-mills], are commonly found in the state of Veracruz, and the season in which the laborers harvest this product is called zafra [sugar cane harvest]. That is why this zone is one is one of the most important for the production of sweetener on a national level.

The Fénix [Phoenix] Group originates there. Its members decided upon this name because of the mysticism and manner of this mythological bird's rebirth. The members and their occupations are: Miriam, who will invest in dressmaking; Reyna, clothing and footwear; Claudia, clothing and costume jewelry; Zenaida, a nutritional club; Irma and Arizbhet, cosmetics; María Leticia, María G., and Lizbeth, catalog footwear; María J. and Victoria, a salon; Minerva, a repair shop; and Juan, accessories for autos.

Zenaida is a hardworking woman, who everyday, strives to provide the best for her family, which is composed of her husband, José, and their four children, who are now grown. In order to achieve her objective, she has worked more than 22 years. She prepares a traditional regional dish called la barbacoa. This food is prepared by steaming meat, primarily lamb, with some spices, and wrapping it in pencas de maguey [thick, succulent, agave leaves]. This gives it a flavor that is unique in all the world.

The earnings they obtained allowed them to provide their children with an education, remodel their home, and begin a second occupation, making school uniforms. In the same manner, she decided to sell natural products, as it is a healthy business, and can provide a very good income. The requested loan will allow her to invest in the purchase of aloe, energy drinks, shakes, tea, and coffee, as her goal is to remodel and expand the shop where serves her customers.

Lastly, she says: "Life has smiled upon me, and God has given me the opportunity to continue."

*The photograph was taken in front of her natural products club. Zenaida is wearing a pink blouse.